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2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI: Keyless Entry Dislike

May 22, 2014

2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI

As much as I appreciate the keyless entry feature on our 2014 Volkswagen Passat TSI, there is one aspect of it that I really dislike. With the key in my pocket, I slide my hand behind either front door handle and it unlocks. But it does not unlock the rear doors at the same time.

Each time I want to load my kid into the back seat, assuming I don't just use the key fob, it is a multi-step process: 1) Open the front door; 2) Reach inside and press the interior unlock switch; 3) Walk back to open the rear door and let in the rugrat. Is this a deal-breaker? Probably not. But it makes the already complex task of running errands with a toddler more difficult than I'd like.

If there was a feature to allow all doors to unlock when the fronts do, then I would have only praise for the VW. I've searched the onboard menus and manuals for such a feature but to no avail.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 7,856 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Volkswagen Passat in VA is:

$205 per month*
* Explanation